Catnip and the catnip response

Abstract

Fourteen chemical compounds from diverse biological sources elicit a unique pattern of behavior in most species of the family Felidae. These chemicals may be grouped into 7-methylcyclopentapyranones, 7-methyl-2-pyrindines, and 4-methylbenzofuranones. They may function as either hallucinogens or cross-react with naturally occurring social odors.

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Tucker, A.O., Tucker, S.S. Catnip and the catnip response. Econ Bot 42, 214–231 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02858923

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